PUBLISHED BY THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Volume 38 (actually 34), Number 3
May 1 986
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
ANNUAL MEETING—"... SO I SEND YOU"
SOUTHERN INN, CHATTANOOGA, TN, JUNE 13-15, 1986
To grow in faith and community.
To interpret our mission through faith.
To discover how God calls us and challenges us to act in the Southeast
To claim our responsibility for the world's people and its resources by faith
"As the Father has sent me, even so send I you."
The Rev. Reuben Sheares, Executive Director of the UCC Office for Church Life
3:00 PM, Friday, June 13, 1986
Information on what it means to be a delegate to the Southeast Conference
Overview of Associations and Conference.
Review resolutions and agenda.
PUBLICATION FOR ARTICLE BY BEEBE SET
Dr. David Beebe, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Chattanooga, is
one of three theologians whose articles on baptism will be published this spring
in the first regular issue of "Prism," a theological forum for the UCC. His article is
titled "Baptism in the Congregational Christian Churches."
NEWS AND NOTES
Pleasant Grove Congregational Christian Church in LaFayette, Alabama,
celebrated its 100th birthday on May 4, 1986. Our congratulations to Pleasant
Grove Church, to Rev. Claude Shumate, the pastor, and to the members!
(Note: If any church has any Modern Hymn song books which are not needed,
Pleasant Grove Church would like to buy them. Write to them at Rt. 1, Box 178,
LaFayette, AL 36862.)
LIBERTY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
PLANNING "ANNUAL HOMECOMING"
All former ministers and/or ministers who went out from Liberty Congregational
Church, UCC, are invited to attend the Annual Homecoming on June 1 , 1986.
Special services planned for Church School Hour; all visiting ministers are asked
to participate in the Worship Experience; "Dinner on the Grounds!"; and an
afternoon of singing led by "The Sounds of Liberty" beginning at 2:00 p.m.
FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, BELVIDERE, TENNESSEE-
TOPS OGHS $5,000 GOAL!
Congratulations to First UCC in Belvidere for going over their OGHS goal. Their
total for the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering totaled $5,006.05.
UPDATE ON THE CACKO FAMILY
From the Church of the Good Shepherd in Crossville, TN, comes word of the
progress of the Cacko family whose brief story was printed in the February issue
of Southeast News. Zbyszeck has his driver's license and they have bought a
car! Izabella will receive her passport in Poland by May 5, and hopes to arrive
here in June or July. Theresa has a part-time job, and little Lukash attends
nursery school. Zbyszeck has a temporary job, and hopes to find a permanent
job soon. And to think they have only been in the U.S. for 4 1/2 months!
THE REV. DR. CARL MARBURY was officially installed as pastor of First
Congregational UCC of Montgomery, AL., on Sunday, May 4th. The Conference
Minister preached the installation sermon. An impressive group of lay leaders
took part in this special service on behalf of the congregation. Congratulations to
both pastor and people, and our prayerful best wishes for a long and fruitful
CIRCULAR CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH in Charleston will host a "Bon
Voyage" party for pastor Bert Keller and his family on June 8th. The Kellers will
be on sabbatical for a year in England while he studies and lectures at Oxford
University (Green College). The church will be served by an interim during the
WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT BROCHURE
The brochure and other information on the Southeast Conference UCC Women's
Fall Retreat will be out soon. Theme is "Jesus According to a Woman" ... Dates
are October 10-12, 1986. Camp Calvin, Hampton, GA. Child care will be
provided for children 8 yrs. or younger. All details will be in your hands soon!
Save the dates!
Spiritual Renewal, a priority of the United Church of Christ voted by the
15th General Synod, is being accepted and implemented by churches,
conferences, and other church groups throughout the denomination.
Dr. Reuben Sheares, II. says "While interpretations of Spiritual Renewal
differ, we all affirm that Spiritual Renewal is about the life of the Spirit in the lives
of individuals and in the life of the church. Relying on the guidance and power of
the Holy Spirit, you are encouraged to continue to implement the priority as God
gives you light."
One of the most significant groups at work in our Conference right now is
shackled by the awkward name of "Area Wide Mission Strategy Task Force." The
name may be awkward, but its work is full of grace. This dedicated group is doing
some hard planning and futuring for the sake of our life as a Conference.
But this Task Force needs help from every one of our churches and
members. If they are to point the way for our future faithfulness, they need input
from all of us.
Please take the survey questionnaire seriously and answer it
conscientiously. Your responses will be tallied, taken seriously and integrated
into the final report and recommendations which will be shared in the future.
This part of God's church which we call a Conference of the United
Church of Christ needs to be understanding of its mission under God, be
intentional in its dedication to the mission, and be organized in the best possible
way to accomplish that mission. Your ideas would not just be nice— they are
absolutely necessary to enable the Task Force to function as it should.
So, please back up these fine people who have accepted responsibility for
this difficult and challenging task. The Southeast Conference needs our best
thought, our prayerful interest, and our personal commitment if we are to be what
God in Christ calls us to be. Thank you for your participation.
--Emmett O. Floyd
YOUR OGHS DOLLARS AT WORK
In the face of new disasters elsewhere, Hurricane Elena which struck
Mississippi last year was soon forgotten by the media. Fortunately, the church
and YOU did not forget. THANK YOU.
By the end of 1985, $29,482 had poured into the special fund at Back Bay
Mission, Biloxi, Miss., to bring relief to the community and to help Back Bay
Mission recover ...
EXCERPTS FROM THE REV. JAMES L. MYERS'
ARTICLE ON REV. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS, JR.
"In response to the plea from besieged residents of the Alabama Black
Belt, the Commission for Racial Justice, of the UCC, sponsored a busload of
Freedom Riders from New York City to Alabama on Friday, Feb. 28, 1986, as
part of the 'Freedom Riders 1986' Campaign. Stops to pick up Freedom Riders
were made in Washington, D.C., Richmond, VA, Raleigh, NC, and Atlanta, GA.
"According to the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Executive Director of the
UCC Commission for Racial Justice, The Freedom Riders 1986' Campaign was
launched to lift the veil of fear and intimidation now being imposed on the
Western Alabama Black Belt. In 1984 and 1985, hundreds of Black residents
were interrogated who had voted absentee ballots, in an attempt to prove alleged
voter fraud. Many of those questioned were elderly, and only Black absentee
ballots were investigated.
"On their return trip to New York, the Rev. Chavis and the Freedom Riders
stopped in Birmingham, AL, on Sunday morning, March 2, 1986, and worshipped
at First Congregational Church, at which the Rev. James L. Myers is pastor.
"We wish for Rev. Chavis God's continual blessings and a successful
career in this most important office, Executive Director of the Commission for
Racial Justice, United Church of Christ."
--The Rev. James L. Myers
JUST PEACE OFFERING, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
The 15th General Synod of the United Church of Christ not only went on
record declaring the UCC a Just Peace church, but established the all-church
Just Peace Offering for 1986 and 1987. Most congregations will gather the Just
Peace Offering on Pentecost Sunday, May 18.
In order to dramatize the point that peacemaking is everyone's possibility,
the General Synod provided a unique formula for sharing the proceeds from this
offering. One fourth of the gifts to the all-church Just Peace Offering may be
retained by the congregations. Another one-fourth may be used by the
conferences in their peace-making ministries. National agencies of the UCC
share the other one-half of the offering.
Cost of promotional materials is deducted, and the remaining resources
support the Peace Advocacy Network, peace advocacy in the Congress of the
U.S., the development of new resources for peace education in our churches.
The United Church of Christ needs your contribution to strengthen the
justice and peace priority and to make it more effective. Please give as
generously as you are able.
THE SOUTHEAST NEWS
Published by the Southeast Conference
United Church of Christ
P.O. Box 29883
Atlanta, Georgia 30359
The preceding was a transcription from the original publication, except for
photographs and associated captions, and a registration form for the
Conference Annual Meeting on page 2. Neither the original nor the
transcription are copyrighted or have rights reserved; they are in the public
domain for free use. Copies of the original may be obtained from the
Congregational Library, Boston, Massachusetts.
This transcription was recorded on July 22, 2013 by Mike Stroud, director
of Project 66-16, an initiative to record, compile and write the history of the
Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.